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Cultural-Historical Psychology

Publisher: Moscow State University of Psychology and Education

ISSN (printed version): 1816-5435

ISSN (online): 2224-8935


License: CC BY-NC 4.0

Started in 2005

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Activity of Understanding Life Experiences: Status, Process and Result

Kolpachnikov V.V., Ph.D. in Psychology, Associate professor at the Department of Individual and Group Psychotherapy, Faculty of Counseling Psychology at the Moscow State University of Psychology and Education, Moscow, Russia
The paper defines from the cultural-historical perspective the status of activity of understanding life expe¬riences as that of a separate activity that continues throughout an individual's life. The paper describes the fol¬lowing: 1) the motive — that is, achieving a coherent consistency of the lifeworld; 2) the actions aimed at con¬ceiving and integrating different parts of one's life experiences into a holistic picture of his/her own life; 3) var¬ious operations of the activity of understanding life experiences: forms (independent or together with others), levels (spontaneous or conscious) and spheres of understanding life experiences. The paper also discusses the outcome of this activity: the development of an individual lifeworld. The individual lifeworld is a complex per¬ceptive-practical and sign-symbolic reality in which the individual's life happens and, at the same time, an inte¬gral sign-symbolic means of arranging, organizing, directing and regulating life activities.

Keywords: activity of understanding life experiences; motive, aims and operations; forms, levels and spheres of activity of understanding; individual lifeworld; role of cultural concepts and practices

Column: Theory and Methodology


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